Edward Ridenour has been a Bible Teacher for over 35 years and is the author of It's Good For A Man Not To Touch A Woman. For additional information or contact, you may visit www.mbgod.com
Posted 2/20/17 at 8:03 PM | Edward Ridenour
(4) "That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; (5) Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: (6) That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. (7) For God hath not called us to uncleanness, but unto holiness. (8) He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 4:4-8, KJV).
This article is a follow up to my previous one, "BIBLICAL MARRIAGE: It's A Clean Thing." As I Focus now on 1 Thessalonians 4:4-8, it can be observed that the Apostle Paul continues his theme from 4:3 regarding "sanctification" (cleanliness), which he incites each member of the Thessalonica church to adamantly secure and protect, through the abstinence from fornication.
In 4:3, Paul placed emphasis on abstaining from every possible kind of disordered sexual intimacy (fornication) in the flesh, because any act of fornication is contrary to that which makes a Biblical marriage and defiles a Christian's new birth sanctification against God's will. FULL POST
Posted 7/4/16 at 9:54 PM | Edward Ridenour
Even though the Christian church at large refuses to admit the undisputed fact that sexual intimacy equals marriage, abundant evidence is found throughout Scripture supporting this fact. In Scripture, sexual intimacy between a male and female always infers marriage.
I don’t know why the church chooses to be so worldly and secular in their marriage concepts and deny what is so obvious in Scripture, which completely exposes the difference between secular marriage and Biblical marriage. In fact, marriage as promoted by the church today has no backing whatsoever in Scripture, which is only natural, because what they promote is a secular concoction of men and not that instituted by God.
Posted 4/18/15 at 2:20 PM | Edward Ridenour
There are a variety of measures in which to gauge the collective condition of the Christian church, which invariably reveals the condition of most individuals within it, professing Christ as Lord of their life.
Howbeit, there is only one authority, which provides the revelation and instruction of measurement for all to assess, as to whether one’s declaration of being a Christian is either valid, genuine, or not. That authority is God’s Word, the Bible. It is man’s revelation of his Savior and his Savior's expectations for living as a believer, as well as the recompense for that life lived.
Because the Bible’s revelation and instruction is based upon and focused toward individuals who are genuinely Spiritually regenerated, being endued with the empowerment to satisfy those expectations of living, there will undoubtedly be a distinction between those who are truly regenerated and those who are not (secular). That distinction, through Biblically acquired knowledge, should become more and more definitive the longer one lives on this earth, within that changed state. To live in that state is to live Biblical, holy. To live contrary to that state is to live unbiblical, unholy.
For those who do not know my teaching and theology of Biblical marriage, I present Biblical concepts as to what makes a Biblical marriage, as well as what violates it. One violation, defilement that the Bible addresses is adulterous fornication, which only occurs between males and females. This can occur physically or it can occur mentally (in the heart).
One very evident unbiblical condition that pervades Christendom, which nourishes this adultery, is how the male Christian sees a female.
Posted 12/14/14 at 2:59 PM | Edward Ridenour
When the church attempts to define Biblical marriage, an ill-perceived and ill-conceived concept is attached to it that is consistently and erroneously advocated by the church. That concept is the so-called “marriage covenant” (vows stated by the couple at their wedding), which is valid only by the presence of human witnesses. This farcical concept extolled by the church as a requirement for the existence and validation of a God approved marriage is preposterous and absolutely unbiblical.
There are primarily two reasons causing one to advocate such a false unbiblical concept: Biblical ignorance or blatant rejection of what is Biblically and pointedly conveyed as to the makings of a God ordained marriage. However, AT THIS TIME, I believe ignorance is the overwhelming reason for this error, which I have constantly pointed to in my previous articles. There are many, though, who flat out reject this truth. What is important to remember, though, is that when one’s understanding of Biblical marriage is skewed, every concept applied to it will most likely be skewed as well.
This marital covenant business is something that people inquire about in regard to my theology of Biblical marriage. (Note: To acquire the foundation of that theology, one can begin by reading my article “The Honor of Biblical Marriage”). I have expounded only briefly on actual Biblical marital covenants, as well as the church’s unbiblical covenants in some of my other articles. However, in this article, I want to focus on it exclusively and point out some aspects that I haven’t referenced before. FULL POST
Posted 9/14/14 at 3:56 PM | Edward Ridenour
Premarital cohabitation. How many articles or comments I have come across by various Christians condemning this choice of living. They site the participants various reasons/motivations for choosing to do so. They offer researched statistics declaring all the ill and negative effects of this horrible and ungodly behavior, stating how unbiblical it is. Of course all the reasons and statistics they use include non-Christians as well.
Well, I want to set the record straight about premarital cohabitation, making the case that those Christians who make these claims of condemnation, whether they be pastors, teachers, licensed professional counselors, or whoever else declaring this choice of living as unbiblical speak from a total lack of understanding of the Bible - the truth concerning this lifestyle and its Biblical connotation. To declare their concept of premarital cohabitation, as they do, reveals senselessness and gives further proof of the ignorance of Christendom regarding Biblical marriage and its violation. FULL POST
Posted 12/19/13 at 3:08 PM | Edward Ridenour
Biblically, marriage either exists or it doesn’t. Men, religion, or culture do not prescribe the law that governs it, i.e., the origin and validity of its existence, when it has been violated, its elimination, etc. When marriage exists, it is either Biblical (legitimate, holy, God approved) or unbiblical (illegitimate, defiled, worthy of judgment). And most importantly, it is a lifelong unending attachment or defilement.
It is in the context of this marital premise (“lifelong unending attachment”) that I want to emphasize, which one must recognize in order to accurately describe what the Lord meant when He declared in Matthew 19:6 “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”(KJV)
Posted 8/15/13 at 7:50 PM | Edward Ridenour
It has been said, "he who controls the language can shape thinking." This is true. Arranged words within a language define, forming our perceptions toward a particular idea or understanding. Every idea or understanding is revealed through choosing particular words to convey that idea. However, if any of those words are changed a whole different meaning toward the idea can be construed, which generally will distort, pollute, contradict, misdirect, and/or confuse the original genuine idea or understanding. This changing/replacement of words has vividly been the case and is still happening today regarding the Bible with a number of revisions/translations.
I am confident when I say that the Holy Spirit, Who inspired CHOSEN MEN (not just any man) to pen words with distinct meaning in Scripture, never intended other men to rewrite it with words that do not define His original genuine truth, which He intended to be conveyed. Only Satan would desire that to be the case.
Posted 7/3/13 at 8:29 PM | Edward Ridenour
How interesting it is in this time of life, where the concept of marriage is overwhelmingly perceived through both ignorance and rejection of the truth, as to the quality of its existence, the origin of its existence, and its elimination.
In one instance, just a number of years ago an overwhelming majority view identified marriage as consisting of heterosexual engagements only. Now, however, homosexual engagements are also being regarded as a valid concept, by no small number.
Posted 10/20/12 at 6:39 PM | Edward Ridenour
A very valuable and sober portion of Scripture in the New Testament is the account of a Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at a well of water in the Gospel of John chapter four.
God’s word rehearses the encounter that this woman experienced with the omniscient Christ, who exposed/revealed her lifestyle of marital or sexually intimate sin and disregard, along with His message of hope for effectively changing her life for the better and receiving the power to keep it that way. I think most everyone would agree with this conclusion.
However, where the disagreement occurs is in the understanding of what is meant in Christ’s comments to her in His description of her marital or sexually intimate lifestyle, both past and present, as well as the degree of sinfulness attributed.
There are mainly two opposing theologies of marriage represented in understanding and explaining the meaning of this Scripture. Each theology, of course, arriving at their conclusion based upon the wordage of Christ’s description of the woman’s life. Howbeit, they both can’t be right.
Posted 8/19/12 at 5:42 PM | Edward Ridenour
Marriage is unique, because it is confined to human beings alone. It was intended by God to be unique and unmatched. As God designed it, there is nothing earthly that compares to it, and there is nothing in heaven or earth that can change or dismiss it from existing.
Biblical marriage is sacred and is a witness to the sacredness of God, because like God it is absolute, exclusive, pure, and unchangeable, demanding respect and adherence. It is a sacred law established by God, whereby, He is the designer, ruler, and judge over, possessing consequences (Hebrews 13:4). Any law established by man can never supersede nor alter it.
This marital law of God is one of the simplest of His laws established at the very beginning of creation, which Jesus clearly defined to all when He declared “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife: And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10:6-9, KJV).